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Update 7/18: Latest projection: Obama leads 305-233, no change from the July 15 or July 13 forecasts. When the primaries ended in early June, it was thought we'd have a month of movement, followed by status quo until the VP picks and the conventions. That seems to be where we are.
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Map showing consensus of sources. This table will show a state Blue or Red if a majority of the sources show it Leaning or Solid for that candidate.
Unanimous solid states, not shown in the table below:
Solid Obama: CA, CT, DC, HI, IL, MA, MD, NY, RI, VT - 150 EVs.
Solid McCain: AL, ID, KS, KY, NE, OK, TN, UT, WY - 58 EVs.
The sources are sorted by each projection's estimate of Obama's Electoral Votes (Algorithm at bottom). The states are sorted by the number of electoral votes.
|DCW Presidential Forecast|
|State||EVs||Open Left||Elect. Proj.||EV.|
|Open Left||Elect. Proj.||EV.|
538 - FiveThirtyEight - Safe and Likely mapped to Strong (O or M), Lean to Lean (OL or ML), Tossup to Tossup (T)
CNN - Safe mapped to Strong, Leaning to Lean, Tossup to Tossup
Elect. Proj. - Election Projection - Solid and Strong mapped to Strong, Moderate to Lean, Weak to Tossup
EV.com - Electoral-Vote.com - Strong mapped to Strong, Weak to Lean, Barely and Tossup to Tossup
FHQ - FrontLoading HQ - Solid mapped to Strong, Lean to Lean, Tossup (Dem and Rep) to Tossup
NBC - Base mapped to strong, Lean to Lean, Tossup to Tossup
OpenLeft - Solid mapped to Strong, Lean to Lean, Tossup to Tossup
RM - Rasmussen - Safe and Likely mapped to Strong, Lean to Lean, Tossup to Tossup
RCP - RealClearPolitics - Solid mapped to Strong, Lean to Lean, Tossup to Tossup
Here are the states that span 3 categories.
- Alaska: Now only 1 at Tossup, 4 at McCain-Strong. Rasmussen's own poll shows McCain only up by 4, yet they still have AK as Likely-Republican, which we convert to McCain-Strong.
- Indiana: 4 at Tossup, Rasmussen at McCain-Strong.
- Iowa: One at Obama-Strong, NBC and CNN still calling it a Tossup.
- Michigan: 1 Obama-Strong, 3 Tossups.
- Montana : EV.com at Obama-Lean, 5 at McCain-Lean. EV.com will exactly follow the latest poll if no other poll has been published within the week.
- New Hampshire: 4 at Tossup, 2 at Obama-Strong.
- New Mexico: Six projections have it as Obama-Lean, CNN has it at McCain-Lean. Two recent polls show Obama up by 3 and 8 points.
- North Dakota - Three now at tossup. Now that we finally have a recent poll, all tied at 43, it's the 2 McCain-Strongs, Election Projection and CNN that are the outliers. EP uses a formula that essentially treats the 2004 results as a recent state poll (modified by differences in the national numbers, which would move the ND results from 2004 by 5-6 points). But until more ND polls come out, the '04 results are going to be a drag on their projection. This is also effecting their Alaska projection. CNN - well, they're just lazy.
Oregon - 1 Tossup, 3 Obama-Strong. Pennsylvania: 1 Obama-Strong, 3 Tossups.
- South Carolina: 1 Tossup, 5 McCain-Strong
- South Dakota: 1 Tossup, 5 McCain-Strong
The overall projection is just a straight average of each projections' estimate of Electoral Votes (EVs) for each candidate. For each projection other than FiveThirtyEight, we give Obama 100% of the EVs in a state that is solid for him, 80% of the EVs for a leaner, 50% of the EVs for a Tossup, 20% of the EVs for state that is McCain-Lean, and 0% of the Solid McCain states. Exact opposite for McCain. For FiveThirtyEight, we use their overall estimate of Obama's EVs, not the state-by-state categories.